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Cleaning tips for blinds

Posted By: Kingston Blinds Direct

Date: 10th December 2015

Category: Blinds

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Whether you are putting up the Christmas decorations or cleaning your home in preparation for visitors over the festive period, there’s no better time than now to give your blinds a deep clean. While it may seem like a bit of a chore, giving your blinds a thorough clean can help make the room a light, more spacious place. This article will provide some handy cleaning tips to keep your blinds in top working order and ensure they look their best for longer.

1. Vertical blinds

vertical blinds

To thoroughly clean your vertical blinds, simply follow these 4 easy steps:

– Close the set of blinds so they are fully shut and the slats are not bunched up on one side.

– Make sure all the slats are turned in the same direction, so they are in a neat, closed position.

– The next step is to slowly vacuum each individual slat from top to bottom. This needs to be handled with complete care as it is a very delicate task, so make sure you take your time and move the slats gently.

– Turn the blinds the other way and repeat this cleaning process.

2. Roller blinds

roller blinds

Carefully vacuuming your blinds will ensure any dirt on the surface of your roller blinds is removed. However, if your roller blinds require a deeper, thorough clean, the following steps will ensure they are spotless:

Start by filling up your bath with warm water until it is half full and add a few squirts of mild dishwashing soap or laundry detergent – if the blinds are white, also add a small amount of bleach to the water, too.

Next, carefully remove the blinds from the roller in your window frame and lay them in the bathtub so they are completely covered by the water.

Allow to soak in this warm water for a couple of hours so the dirt and stains can begin to lift off.

Then, using a soft brush or old toothbrush, gently clean the material on both sides.

Rinse the blinds thoroughly until all soap residue is gone and lay the blinds over a clothes horse or outside on a clothesline until dried.

Once completely dry, carefully re-hang the blinds back on the rollers and enjoy their new, clean look!

3. Roman blinds
Roman Blinds

Similar to vertical and roller blinds, Roman blinds can also be vacuumed to remove any dirt or dust on the surface. We recommend you attach a soft brush to the vacuum cleaner and use a low suction setting to avoid damaging the material.

For any clear marks and stains on your Roman blinds, we advise you gently hand wash the material using a damp, mildly soapy cloth, and rinse clean so the blinds are free from any soap residue. Although they are generally simple to clean, the outer fabric and lining can be prone to shrinking so in some cases it’s best to have this type of blind dry cleaned.

4. Venetian blinds
venetian blinds

Venetian blinds can be easily dusted using a dry or slightly damp cloth, or dry wipes. The delicacy of venetian blinds means they must be handled very carefully – there should not be too much pressure applied to the slats as they will bend easily.

For Venetian blinds which are particularly dirty, marked or stained, a combination of a mild detergent, vinegar and hot water must be applied.

5. Wooden blinds
Wooden Blinds

Much like wooden furniture, a simple wipe with a soft, clean cloth or a chemically treated dust cloth will remove any dust or dirt from the surface of the blinds.

For any stubborn stains which are proving difficult to remove, try dampening a microfibre cloth slightly with warm water and gently wipe the slats clean.

Selected styles in our comprehensive range of blinds here at Kingston Blinds Direct are available in wipe clean and washable options, ensuring your blinds can continue looking clean and stylish for longer. To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.

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